Meet Our Staff

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Rick Sitton, Senior Pastor

Rev. Rick Sitton attended North Mesquite High School (1973-74) and graduated from Lindale High School in 1977.  He graduated cum laude from Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in New Testament theology.  He served five years as a youth director in two United Methodist churches.  Pastor Rick earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Seminary and graduated cum laude in 1987.  Ordained an elder in 1989, Pastor Rick has served churches in the West Ohio Conference as a student pastor, Bradfield Chapel/Jenkins UMC in Daingerfield, the charge of Warren/Magnolia Springs/Spurger UMC, Noonday UMC, Crockett First UMC, Airline UMC, and Woodcrest UMC in Lumberton.  Through his ministry, Pastor Rick has helped to form the Boys and Girls Club in Crockett and the Women’s Shelter in Crockett, served in leadership for district church camps, as the spiritual director of the Golden Triangle Emmaus Community, on the board of Spindletop MHPAC, on the TAC Evangelism Committee, the TAC Board of Pensions and Investment Sub-committee. He has three older sisters. Betty Sosebee of Dallas and Lo Ray Miller of Rockdale are deceased.  Rosemary Garrett lives in Brazoria, Texas.  Pastor Rick has and older brother, John, who lives in Lindale, Texas.  Pastor Rick and his wife, Karen, have been married 40 years as of July 28, 2016.  They met at Lakeview Methodist Church Camp at age 18 on a Wesley Foundation Work retreat as as students at Tyler Junior College.  They have three children: Chris, Stephanie, and Shawn.  They have three grandchildren and are blessed to raise one of their grandsons, Jacob Sitton.  Pastor Rick has served FUMC Bryan since June 2011.

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Augusto Sarria, Associate Pastor, Hispanic Ministry

Rev. Dr. Jose Augusto Sarria finished his high school studies in the Institute of Education of Normal Jose Eusebio Caro on 1980 in the city of Popayán, Colombia. He studied in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Cauca, where he graduated as a Medical Doctor and Surgeon on 1988. He worked as a doctor and was on charge at Palmira’s Maranatha Clinic of the Evangelical Missionary Union for two years. He received his bachelor’s degree of Theology in the International Baptist Seminar of Cali where he graduated along with his wife Fany Quezada on the year 2000. Fany was a Missionary of the Methodist Church of Peru where she planted multiple churches. In 2010, he arrived to the United States along with his family to begin their work and missions with the Hispanic Methodist Church “Restoration and Revival,” at First United Methodist Church of Bryan. Augusto and Fany have two amazing children. Pablo is 16 and he is the director of the Ministry of Praise, Josue (Josh) is 13 and plays the drums in the Praise Group.

The Rev. Sarria was pastor of Oak Grove Church of the Texas Rio Conference on 2013 and 2014. He has served as the Senior Pastor of Templo (Iglesia Templo del Espiritu Santo since 2015.

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Jennifer Webber, Lead Pastor of Contemporary Worship

Pastor Jennifer is humbled to serve the Lord through her leadership in the church. She is excited about the new possibilities at First UMC Bryan. She loves to lead worship and help connect the Gospel with those she ministers to in the community. She is gifted in building relationships within and outside of the church. Part of her philosophy of ministry is to meet people where they are just as Jesus met people where they were.  Pastor Jennifer strives to lead by example so that through her life she can be a vessel for the Holy Spirit to be at work making disciples that are making a difference.  Pastor Jen's Life Verse:  “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”  1 Corinthians 9: 24

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Jeff Hobbs, Director of Children & Family Ministries

Jeff was born and raised in Bryan, Texas. He joined FUMC in 1989 and became a member through confirmation in 1991. He graduated with a B.S. in Political Science from Texas A&M University in 2002.  Jeff has earned Certification in Christian Education from Perkins School of Theology at SMU.  He has been part of the FUMC Bryan staff since 2002.  Jeff loves teaching children about God and equipping parents to lead their children in faith.  Jeff and his wife, Jill, have two daughters, Natalie and Reagan.

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Chris Caffee, Director of Music Ministries

Chris has been involved in the Ministry of Music in United Methodist Churches for over 30 years. He began church work at the First United Methodist Church in his hometown of Allen, TX where he graduated from Allen High School. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree with double major in both Choral Conducting and Voice with a minor in organ from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M—Commerce) and he is a certified Minister of Music in the United Methodist Church after completing work at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. Chris spent his school-age years growing up around all four of his grandparents in his parent’s hometown of Honey Grove in Northeast Texas where his parents have now retired and are active in the church and community. Chris has served churches in Texas and Louisiana including the position of Minister of Music and Worship at First United Methodist Church of Garland for 13 years followed by six years of service in the same position at First United Methodist Church of Plano. He also shared the Ministry of Music in the communities of Lake Charles, LA and Greenville, TX. Most recently he has served as Co-Director of Music & Arts at the Christ United Methodist Church in College Station. The Caffee family lives in College Station where Terri teaches 3rd. grade at College Hills Elementary School. Chris and Terri have three children: Cameron, age 22, who is an Appliance Manager for Lowe’s; Chelsea, age 20, who is currently working towards her goal of becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; and Callie, age 11, who started 6th grade this year.   
 
 
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Natalie Patterson, Director of Adult Ministries and Member Involvement

Natalie is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. As an active member of FUMC Bryan since 1989, she has been involved in various ministries in the church. She has two grown daughters, Amanda and Lauren, two precious grandchildren, Hannah and Walker. Natalie also participates in the animal assisted therapy group Aggieland Pets with a Purpose with her dachshund pups Willie and Mikey.

"and whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" Colossians 3:17

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Megan Hanson, Youth Ministry / Sr. High

Megan was born in the mountains of Virginia to wonderful and supportive parents that nurtured her heart of service. She moved from the coast of Virginia to Bryan in early 2015 and began attending FUMC Bryan shortly after. Megan is, and has been since childhood, a passionate supporter and volunteer of children and young adult ministries. She believes they are the heartbeat of a church and loves to see their spirits nurtured. Megan is looking forward to seeing growth, and growing herself, during her time as a part of the youth program. 

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Eileen Winkle, Director of Business & Facility Operations

Eileen was a child of military parents, so she has lived in several locations including Wisconsin. Traveling ranks as one of the top 5 things she enjoys doing most, which also includes traveling to graveyards for genealogy research.  She holds an Associates Degree in business from Lon Morris College and a Bachelor of Business Finance degree from Sam Houston State University.

Favorite bible verse: Psalm 46:10  “Be still, and know that I am God"

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Grace Dominguez, Director of Communications

Grace enjoys expanding her linguistic abilities and speaks three languages.  She also enjoys teaching others so as to expand their abilities  and better themselves in life.  Grace has a passion for helping others.

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Angela Corbett, Organist

Angela is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with organ as a minor instrument. She studied piano with Dr. John Paul and organ with Sherry Smith-Withers while at Sam Houston. Angela has been involved in church music since childhood and in leadership of church music since the age of 16. She has served in various leadership positions as pianist, organist, choir director, children's choir director and worship leader/planner in Methodist, Baptist and Episcopal churches in Texas and Maryland. Angela has also been a piano teacher for many years.

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Karl Brinkmann and Sara Hadley

Contemporary Worship Music Co-Leaders

“Father-Daughter Duo”

 

 

Sara is a wife and mother of three. She and her family have attended FUMC Bryan since 2004 and became members in 2008. Sara joined Crosstalk, a contemporary-music ministry, in 2005 with her Dad where her love for music, worship and Christ reached new depths. In early 2018, the group answered a new call. The father-daughter duo merged the passion of very talented musicians to lead worship each morning in the Awakening Service. 

I am overjoyed to be a part of such an amazing church community and worship service. Leading other voices to Christ through music is my passion and my joy.

“Where words fail, Music speaks”

 

Being a long-time member of FUMC Bryan, Karl began playing music for FUMC in 1996 when Rev. Bob Richers wanted to add contemporary Christian music to a Sunday evening worship service.  Other church musicians were added and the musical team of Cornerstone was formed.  Cornerstone played Sunday evenings at FUMC Bryan and travelled to other churches providing worship music on some Sunday mornings and other certain occasions.  In 2001, FUMC Bryan began a Sunday morning contemporary service known as the Celebration service.  Playing Sunday mornings meant Cornerstone was not able to provide music for other churches on Sunday mornings, so in 2003, Karl started Crosstalk to continue to serve churches with limited music resources or special music needs.  In 2005, Karl and his wife Sandy were proud to have Sara join Crosstalk.  Together with Patrick Foster and Tom Lewis, Crosstalk was able to serve many local churches, both big and small.  When Sara and Karl decided to join the Awakening service, it was not an easy decision to leave their traveling ministry.  However, they felt like it was their calling to help their home church.  They are honored and blessed to use their talents to help FUMC Bryan.

“God has given us our talents, but it is what we do with those talents that is our gift to God.”

 

 

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Hosea Morriel, Custodian

Hosea grew up in Lubbock, TX, He worked on everything from building fences on the ranch to being a Union Steel Worker in Houston, TX. Eventually he worked his way to the Bryan / College Station area where he worked at Allen Academy and Bryan ISD. There just isn’t much Hosea can’t or isn’t willing to try to do.

He started with First United Methodist Church, Bryan on a part-time, weekend basis only. In 1999, Suzanne Smith came to him and asked him how he felt about working for the church full time. He said yes, and has never regretted it.

Hosea is a man of God and family. He was married to Vetta, a beautician, for numerous years. She eventually lost a battle with cancer. Together they had four children, Hosea Jr., Ronald, David, and Karen. Hosea Jr. was studying to be a doctor, but died at a young age. Ronald, is a school principal in Plano, TX.  David works in the oilfield industry in Fort Worth, TX and Karen owns a restaurant and enjoys working as a chef and catering.  Hosea eventually remarried and has been with his best friend, Audry, for several years. Hosea has no plans to retire cause he says, “There’s just too much work to be done!”